“As time marches on, Kaza has come to view his solitary existence as a necessary sacrifice, his home a sanctuary from a hostile world that doesn’t always look favorably on cops.  By spending his free time reading cyberpunk novels, playing video games, and masturbating to porn, Gaza’s desire of preforming in a band and enjoying a satisfying relationship remained unrealized…”
“What belongs to me in this world, after all, besides what’s within these walls?  What claim to this world do I have beyond them?”
“My alter-ego, Simon, might say, 'Nada.’"

Something Is Killing the Children is not for the faint of heart. It’s badass, but it also doesn’t shy away from hard-to-see moments. Children get killed in some pretty horrible ways. Tynion and Dell’edera don’t want to give you the safety net of being able to look away. This isn’t a news report or a headline you can scroll past on Facebook; they want you right there in the school while the violence is happening. Stories and fiction are usually the safety net, to keep readers at a safe distance while exploring social issues and concerns, but these creators don’t want you to feel safe. They want you present as our heroes stay seemingly one step behind the oncoming series of tragedies.

Quick recap: While something is seemingly off about Abhainn, Willow seems to have found a deep connection and sense of belonging in the community. But, at what cost?

I’m so glad I took the time to read the prequel series, Descender, because it seriously pays off in this latest issue of Ascender.  I’m not going to ruin it for you, but if you started to read this series without reading the previous one, then I highly suggest you dive into it before reading issue #12. Now, on to the show…

An unexplained accident turns a night of amateur astronomy into one family's greatest trauma. What happened to Kenny remained shrouded in mystery for decades, but now, answers are beginning to emerge from beyond the stars. Writer Anthony Cleveland, artist Antonio Fuso, and independent publisher Mad Cave Studios turn our gaze upward with the visually arresting Stargazer #1.

With the last issue of Sex Criminals set to hit shelves in the coming weeks, it feels fitting that the team of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky would use the penultimate issue to dig deep into the backstory of the incredibly popular ancillary character, Sexual Gary. This dynamo has graced several backgrounds, and his mention has been whispers inside the pages of the book, but never before have we really gotten the full weight of Gary's life and history. But no more! Now, we get Gary in all of his glory, getting to see what makes him such a special character that has entered the hearts of all the fans of this series.

Now entering the third part of the new arc, Die continues to go headlong into some very interesting territory, as the party is split both finding a way to restore a lost child and trying to prevent the merging and likely destruction of both the world of Die and the real world, which seems like it might be a bad thing. With Ash having a very interesting and potentially dangerous conversation with a version of famed author HG Wells, the group of Chuck, Matt, and Angela take a trip to see some beings that could potentially assist Angela with returning her daughter to life, after being trapped inside the world of Die and becoming a member of the Fallen. It's complex times in a complex world, as the group plays a complex game of trying to escape the world of Die while also trying to save it.

On a tiny island near the edge of the Bermuda Triangle, there’s a veritable cornucopia of strange phenomena, from ghosts to zombies to mermaids to sea monsters, and much more. Half the people who come to this island are tourists. The other half are spies or supervillains.

This week, BOOM! Studios dips their toe into the old-school world of the sci-fi epic.  We follow a four-person crew of a mining ship, but they aren’t mining precious metals or minerals. Oh no, they are mining gods. While BOOM! has science fiction titles, none of them have been along the vein of the high-concept, sci-fi/fantasy epic that has been a favorite of fans for decades - until now. We Only Find Them When They’re Dead is for Ridley Scott fans everywhere.

Hello, gentle readers. We’re still in the “Ring of Fire” arc, so let’s check in real quick on where our favorite Slayer of the Vampyrs was. After the Hellmouth opened and Buffy hopped in to deal with it, another Slayer, Kendra, was Called. In order to save Buffy, Kendra and others descended into the Hellmouth, and they all emerged victorious. For now. Xander was lost, and Willow decided to take some time for herself. Buffy and Kendra are both currently under the watchful(?) eye of Rupert Giles, but there are some learning curves when the Chosen One is now the Chosen Ones. On top of everything, Anya warned Giles of the existence of a multiverse of Hellmouths… perhaps too many for even two Slayers to safeguard against. There, all caught up on the important stuff.

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